Matthew Hawke is a senior associate in Cowell Clarke’s Building, Construction & Infrastructure and Dispute Resolution practice groups and also works in the firm’s Intellectual Property & Information Technology practice group. In addition to having the conduct of construction and general commercial disputes, he combines his legal acumen with experience in software development and IT to advise clients on the intersection of their technology-based businesses and the law.
Matthew has considerable capability in Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment legislation, having provided advice concerning adjudication applications with a combined value exceeding $40m. He has specialist experience in handling compulsory acquisition disputes of various sizes. Matthew supports clients in advancing or defending their general contractual, misrepresentation, trade practices and common law claims, building on his background in large-scale insolvency disputes. He also provides advice on the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts and has experience with all commonly-used Australian Standard construction contracts’ terms.
After beginning practice in 2008 at a specialist corporate litigation/insolvency firm, Matthew joined Cowell Clarke in 2011. He is admitted as a solicitor in Victoria, as a barrister and solicitor in South Australia and in the High Court. Matthew is a director of Wirraway Homestead Ltd and serves as chair of its Risk & Governance Committee. Matthew is also currently undertaking a Master of Construction Law through the University of Melbourne.
In 2018, Matthew was recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a Construction & Infrastructure Rising Star.